UMaine social work graduate students pen op-ed for BDN

March 14, 2022

Kessie Silas, Jamie Kane, Andy Bradley and Alli O’Neil, social work graduate students at the University of Maine, wrote an op-ed for the Bangor Daily News arguing that the state of Maine has the power to decrease the number of deaths from overdoses by expanding the Good Samaritan Law, which prevents a person who seeks medical assistance for a person experiencing a drug-related overdose or who is themselves experiencing a drug-related overdose from being arrested or prosecuted for drug-related violation of laws. A bill currently before the Legislature will also strengthen protections for bystanders who administer a potentially lifesaving dose of naloxone.